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  1. I would strongly recommend David. Just received some plants, and they are without a doubt the best quality I have ever had from anywhere
  2. The scale insects appeared within a week or so of first adding live moss, and they first appeared on the plants where the moss was used, which is why I thought it was the moss. Never had any prior. It took months to completely get rid of them, and lost loads of plants as a result. Even if I got new stuff, I would want to do something just in case, especially as I now have seedlings as well...
  3. The problem I had last time is that I think it contained scale insects, and it was a horrible outbreak. It is something I really want to avoid
  4. A while ago I tossed out some live sphagnum moss in a container and left it at the bottom of the garden in the 'wild' area. Found it this morning, and it looks perfect. What is the best way to kill off any nasties that may be lurking in it (but not to kill the moss) before using it? Freeze it for a few days? Very hot, but not boiling water?
  5. I have what is most likely to be a Ventrata (sold as an Alata at a GC) which I have had for around 2 years, but it is starting to get a bit leggy, and is propped up against the wall so the plant doesn't fall over. Can you pinch out the tips of Neps, to encourage it to bush out a bit more instead of it continuing to grow upwards, like you can with other plants? Also, if that is possible, then is this a good Nep to go in a hanging basket? Hoping for a better year than last year for Neps. Had a breakout of scale insects, which resulted in the rajah and mira dying, and this Ventrata st
  6. ok, so with neps, changing conditions can stress the plant out, and growth can slow down or stop for a while.... can changing the water stress the plants out or not - changing from rainwater to ro-water daft question i know
  7. whilst i do have a rajah, it wont be something i'll be trying any time soon as i don't have any pets it was just a very random thought i had
  8. there are a few orchid focus ferts. grow, bloom and ultra i think. Do you know what is best? I currently use just the grow
  9. some people do pop insects into the pitchers of the plants, but I am wondering if anyone has put rodent droppings from their pets in the pitchers or even rabbit droppings? only asking because I watched a very interesting video on here (somewhere, or a link from this site) a few months ago about the relationship shrews and nepenthes have.
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    Pests on neps

    I have just noticed that 1 of my neps has got what looks like whitefly on it with other plants i always treated them with soapy water or tomorite which did the trick with 1 treatment. is there anything that is 'safe' for neps? what about this? http://www.diy.com/n...?skuId=13259293 http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-care-watering/pest-weed-control/insect_control/-specificproducttype-insect___bug_control/Rose-Clear-Ultra-Gun-1-Litre-11327710?icamp=recs would like to get something asap before there are too much
  11. My mira and the rajah do not seem to of grown at all in the past year, but both look healthy enough, and there is 1 pitcher forming on the mira and another has opened, and 1 forming on the rajah (albeit rather small though). never had a pitcher on either plant more than 3cm. the mira is 17cm wide and the rajah is 15cm. when i got them they were around 12cm wide. I have had both plants for almost 2 years, and last winter the rajah did start to produce a new leaf every month or so. not this winter though They are on a north facing bay window that does get direct sun for a few hours in the eve
  12. Once a pitcher has formed and opened, does it continue to grow?
  13. i only use tea because i don't have coffee it seems to work well my rajah seems fine. produces a new leaf ever 2-3 weeks, no pitchers yet though
  14. thanks just noticed on the mira, a leaf that is around 3 months old that had a tendril and the very start of a pitcher that has not changed since it formed has suddenly burst into life and there is a nice little pitcher now are there factors that could influence the size of pitchers produced e.g higher humidity for bigger pitchers, less food for bigger/or more pitchers? just wondering if i should still fertilize with tea now
  15. i have a rajah and mira to get them to produce pitchers, am I right in thinking that the humidity should be higher during the nights than the days, or does it not really matter? Currently the humidity is around 60% during the day and 80%+ at night. I could get it higher during the day if needed, but i give them more airflow during the daytime, which lowers the humidity since i got them in september they have been fine in these conditions, but obviously no pitchers in the winter
  16. Bought a bag of sphagnum moss today from homebase. it was an extra large bag for around £3.50, and it looked nice and green, and is bagged by tenax and is called hanging basket moss has anyone used this before? i got it to replace the top layer for my neps, as the other moss had got a horrible slime over it. anyway i got the new moss out of the bag, and it is a very strange green, almost a blueish green colour, looks like it has been dyed with colour it doesn't mention anything about dye on the packaging, just 'fresh s. moss harvested from managed renewable sources.....moss colour subject
  17. I have only used tea with my neps, and a few days ago tried it with my vft i don't see why you can't use it on other cp's i have used tea with all my plants now with good results
  18. i have used tea a couple of times on neps since i started this thread my mira and rajah do certainly have a quick growth spurt - a new leaf quickly appears within days and gets bigger each day i still have no pitchers form though, just get to the point of looking like a small pitcher, then nothing happens
  19. just been reading up on using coffee as a fertilizer for neps, would decaf be ok or not? also, has anyone actually tried using tea instead of coffee? I use tea to water all my plants (apart from neps) once a week (i get a handful of used tea bags and put them in a jug of water for a couple of hours to let it brew nicely), and all the plants thrive with tea treatment. i have tried coffee on plants, but not got the same growth as i do with tea
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    N. ephippiata

    is nepenthes ephippiata an easy nep to keep? i have had mine for almost 2 months now and when i got it, it was around 6cm and had 3 leaves, plus 1 that had hadn't opened. since then the 3 leaves have died off, (that happened within the first couple of weeks) and the 1 that wasn't open still hasn't opened, and doesn't seem to of grown either. it shares a windowsill with a rajah and a mira, both of which are now opening their 2nd leaf since i got them (2 months ago with the ephippiata), which i think is good growth? all are grown in pond pots, lined with sphagnum moss, in the middle is a mix
  21. is it a good idea to use heatmats with H/L neps that are on windowsills? on during the day, off at night i have used heatmats in the past for most plants and they always seem to look much better than before. I have also used heatmats with other C/P's with great results, but not neps many thanks
  22. that is good to know a leaf on the mira has also started to change does it acutally mean anything? i know that with some plants if they get plenty of light then leaves can turn red. is it the same with neps?
  23. i got a rajah that came from czplants a couple of weeks ago. there is 1 leaf that is slowly opening, but today i have noticed that this leaf seems to be turning red in colour is this normal?
  24. I have decided to go for a mix of peat, perlite and sphagnum moss for my Neps, vft and cephalotus the moss that i am going to use is the New Zealand High Pressed Sphagnum moss that comes in a small brick, add water and it expands Has anyone used this type of moss? Are there any pros or cons for using this type of stuff? Is this dead stuff and will just stay brown or will it start to turn green? (sorry if that is a silly question ) just wondering if i should get some live moss to top off the pots thanks
  25. hi i am waiting for my delivery of n. rajah, ephippiata, and truncata (Pasian h/L) i am finding it difficult to find peat, although i could go up to the moorland near where i live to get a little I have read on here that some people use just sphagnum moss with no peat or anything else, and also some mix moss with perlite depending on what plants they have. would the plants mentioned above be ok with just moss or mixed with perlite? I will be using pond baskets to pot them up